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Marks Plans to Downzone Oakleigh Pet Cemetery

Residential development will still be allowed if the property is sold but the density of housing will be decreased.

, fifth district councilman David Marks announced his intention to decrease the zoning for a neighborhood pet cemetery as a part of the county's quadrennial comprehensive zoning map process (CZMP).

The planned change will allow only 3 houses to be built on the Oakleigh Pet Cemetery property instead of the current 15 that could be built there, regardless of environmental constraints, Marks wrote.

The pet cemetery, located in the 8400 block of Oakleigh Road, has been deteriorating for years leading to thousands of dollars in fines from Baltimore County's government, according to Marks.

In addition to the proposed zoning changes, Marks said that he planned to introduce legislation at an August County Council meeting to protect those people who purchased plots there.

"The Oakleigh Pet Cemetery, like human graveyards, is supposed to be a place of serenity and beauty. I believe we owe it to pet lovers and the surrounding neighborhood to clean up the cemetery and place limitations on future uses," Marks wrote.

Do you live near Oakleigh Pet Cemetery? Do you think this change in zoning would be positive? Share your thoughts on the pet cemetery here in the comments.

Bonnie Lantz August 03, 2012 at 06:55 PM
How can I find out who owns the cemetery? My family has a pet there but we live in GA.
Stan Modjesky August 03, 2012 at 07:29 PM
The street address of the property is 8408 Oakleigh Road. This link should lead you to the ownership information from the state's real property tax database: http://sdatcert3.resiusa.org/rp_rewrite/details.aspx?County=04&SearchType=STREET&AccountNumber=09%200919270590
carolyn grove October 02, 2012 at 04:52 PM
what will happen to my pets that are there. i payed thousands of dollars and cant afford to relocate them what can we do thanks countrycats3@yahoo.com
francesfisher50@g mail.com January 16, 2013 at 03:51 PM
I think this is a total outrage .People who paid good money to bury their pets thought they would be there forever.But now forever is nothing as far as I am concerned they stole peoples money they should go to jailour goverment lets them get away with it .What ever happened to for the people .Save our pets final resting place please
Stan Modjesky January 21, 2013 at 02:54 AM
Nothing has ever been "forever." Look at the architectural digs all over the planet where entire cities have been found dozens of yards beneath newer construction. Even human remains are moved to make way for development. Get over it.

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